(sort of) intarsia in the round
I like knitting in the round. I like colour blips. I like the two together.
But intarsia does not work well in the round…
So this is how I do it.
The instructions below are specifically for the coloured squares in my Sweatrrr. If you are working with larger colour insertions, you’ll obviously need a longer piece of Contrast Colour, and to be a little inventive.
Round 1: Cut a 55-60 cm (22″) piece of Contrast Colour (CC) yarn, attach and knit 5 stitches, but leave a 20 cm (7″) end at the beginning.
You will knit the 5 CC stitches in Round 2 with this end.
Now strand the Main Colour (MC) behind, not too loosely, not too tightly either, then twist MC around CC, and pull MC tight at the beginning of the 5 CC stitches — pull and stretch the fabric to see that the yarn is not pulled too tightly, check, fiddle a little.
Round 2: Knit 5 CC stitches with the short yarn end from previous round.
Now strand MC behind and twist it with the long end of CC (from Round 1).
Round 3: This is the odd-one-out round.
Slip the 5 CC stitches without knitting them from Left Needle to Right Needle. Turn work over to work from WS, purl the 5 CC stitches with the long yarn end from Round 1.
Turn work back to RS and again slip the 5 CC stitches from Left Needle to Right Needle.
Twist MC with CC, strand MC behind, continue with MC as before.
Round 4: Knit the 5 CC stitches with the long yarn end (which is just where you want it), lay CC over MC, bring up MC from below and around and continue with MC.
I used a similar technique — but improvised and not very methodical — for a larger, red square on my marja-stina kiddie kimono:
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